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Dental hygiene tips for dental implants
Dental implants are one of the most popular modern dental restoration choices in the United States today.
Combining the benefits of a functional with a cosmetic restoration, dental implants can replace teeth that are missing or need to be extracted due to damage or decay. They are also a popular choice with people looking for a smile makeover.
Made from color-matched porcelain, dental implants are extremely discreet, feeling and looking just like natural teeth.
While dental implants are also incredibly durable and cannot develop cavities, they still require the right care, in order for stay healthy and maintained.
You will also need to pay close attention to the cleanliness and health of your gums, since dental implants can still be affected by any bacteria that may remain in the mouth after brushing.
With adequate care and attention, you can enjoy the benefits of functional, discreet, and beautiful dental implants along with maintaining your oral and general health.
Here are our top dental hygiene tips for people who have dental implants.
Develop a great brushing technique for your implants
The single most important thing that you can do to help keep your teeth clean and preserve your dental implants is ensure you have a great brushing technique.
You should brush at least twice a day, preferably after meals, to be sure that you are eliminating the majority of food debris and bacteria that accumulates on your implants. When you brush, angle your brush at approximately 45 degrees and pay particular attention to where the teeth meet the gum line, as this is the area that is often neglected, and where bacteria can try and penetrate.
Choose a soft to medium toothbrush, and brush gently in an up and down and side to side motion. Brushing too hard can damage the porcelain on your dental implants, irritate your gums and even cause more dental problems.
Floss your dental implants daily
For the best dental hygiene possible, you should also make sure that you floss regularly, at least once daily if possible.
Flossing helps to remove bacteria that can become trapped between your implants, and reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Gum disease can be particularly bad news for people with dental implants. When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate, and dental implants to become loose. Therefore, preventing gum disease should be an immediate priority for people who have dental implants.
Quit smoking for dental implant health and appearance
Not only will quitting nicotine help improve your overall health, it will also help you to preserve the appearance of your dental implants. This is because nicotine can affect the appearance of your gums. Not to mention, people who smoke are also at greater risk of developing gum disease.
Visit your dentist regularly
Your dentist is a vital part of your healthcare team. Only a professional dentist has the training and experience to perform comprehensive examinations of your teeth, and assess the health of your dental implants.
By coming in for routine appointments, we can use the information from your check-up to monitor your dental implants, and detect any potential dental problems early, before they become extensive and expensive. With annual dental appoints, you are better able to receive prompt treatments and ensure the longevity of your smile.
By following the hygiene tips listed, you can help preserve the quality and appearance of your dental implants, and enjoy a beautiful, functional smile for many years to come.